The Blessings of Vacation
There are so many wonderful things to do and see in New York City. It's hard to imagine that in a lifetime anyone could ever get to all of them. The problem is that so many of them look like so much fun that it's hard to pick through the men and select a few. The best solution for me is to stick with the things you can't do at home. Most of the games in the parks can be done at home. While none of our parks compare to the many available here, it can still be done at home without having to travel thousands of miles to do it.
The same can be said for watching movies, fishing, hiking, biking and rollerblading. While working out is great, I'll walk a lot while I'm in New York and I can skate when I get home, right? But if you like doing those things, why on earth would you deprive yourself of doing them simply because the location has changed? If anything, you'll have a new shot of scenery to enjoy, new sights and sounds, and maybe you can get your family up, out and active along with you.
In addition to the physical activities, there are so many wonderful shows to see on and off Broadway, there are also some wonderful opportunities to dance yourself and watch others dance. You can make music and hear the beautiful sounds that others have made. You also have the wonderful and unique ability to choose from so many bookstores and antique stores. There are literally thousands of things you can choose to do and see in the course of a day in New York City, many of them free and some of them truly liberating.
It is so important that we remember when we are on vacation what the real purpose of the vacation is: to renew ourselves in our commitments to our family, our colleagues and our work. By doing this, we are supposed to return refreshed and ready to face the challenges ahead. Find something that frees you up while you're on vacation. Let your hair down and enjoy the ability to dance without worrying about who can see. Sing karaoke in a tavern, goof around with your kids and walk barefoot on the beach with flowers in your hair. Remember what it was like to be young and have fun for fun's sake and, most importantly, remember how to smile.
Your New York vacation should at least remind you how fleeting life is. The skyline of this great city has changed forever and that is something we can never forget, not something we should dwell on, but it is something that should really make us think when we remember. We should take advantage of every moment with our friends and family to have the opportunity to not only be blessed, but to be a blessing in return.
Use your vacation as an opportunity to read to your children, sing to your partner, hold hands in the rain and fall in love all over again. Be romantic and sweet and hold the door open for him. Be silly and make up songs that rhyme and tell your kids often how much you enjoy playing with them and remember all these things when you come home. That's when you will discover that you are truly blessed.